Kansas’ current minimum wage is $7.25.
For more information on Kansas’s minimum wage laws, visit our Kansas Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Kansas labor laws require employers to pay overtime to employees not covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 46 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. KS Statute 44-1203.
The FLSA requires employers to employees overtime at a rate of 1½ times their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. See FLSA.
Kansas does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.
Under certain circumstances, employers in Kansas may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates.
Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.
Meals and Breaks
Kansas labor laws do not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, thus the federal rule applies. KS Dept. of Labor Workplace Laws FAQs. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks.
However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than 20 minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually 30 minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
Nursing Mother Breaks
Kansas labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.
Information about Kansas vacation leave laws may now be found on our Kansas Leave Laws page.
Information about Kansas sick leave laws may now be found on our Kansas Leave Laws page.
Information about Kansas holiday leave laws may now be found on our Kansas Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Kansas jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Kansas Leave Laws page.
Information about Kansas voting leave laws may now be found on our Kansas Leave Laws page.
Kansas labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. KS Dept. of Labor Workplace Laws FAQs. If an employer choose to provide such benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
Under certain circumstances, Kansas residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Kansas State Unemployment Benefits.